Lane finishes 6th, while Marks, Newman are eighth
HERSHEY - The three area wrestlers in Saturday's medal matches at the PIAA Class AA State Championships all had solid tournaments, but their day was kind of like the Yankees' A-Rod in a playoff game - a frustrating 0-for-3 with long foul balls and close third strikes.
Southern Columbia's Kent Lane had an early 2-0 lead on Sharon's Jarray Norris in their 126-pound fifth-place bout and thought the lead should have been more, but Norris came back to force a 5-5 tie, then hit a five-point move in overtime for a 10-5 win.
Lane's teammate, Blake Marks, gave up a takedown with about 40 seconds left in a 3-1 loss to Brookville's Andrew Doak in their 152-pound seventh-place bout, and Line Mountain's Cameron Newman battled Bishop McDevitt's Tyshawn White to a 1-1 tie in regulation only to give up a quick takedown in overtime for a 3-1 loss in their 106-pound seventh-place bout.
Lane, who entered the tournament 37-0 but lost three times to finish the season 40-3, said he didn't think much about the pressure of being unbeaten.
"I wasn't that concerned with that," the sophomore said. "But I wanted to come here and win and I came up short of that goal."
Lane said he thought he had a 5-0 lead early when he took Norris down and had him on his back with a cradle, but he didn't get the back points.
"I thought I had the two (takedown) and at least two more," Lane said. "I had another cradle later that I didn't think the ref got."
But Lane also said the short, stocky Norris was a handful.
"He was pretty strong," Lane said. "Short, stocky kids are always tough to wrestle. I knew I would have a tough time keeping him down."
Marks, who finished his freshman season with a 36-8 record, said he was prepared for Doak.
"I knew a lot about him because we watched him," Marks said. "I knew he had one good shot, a high crotch and could get off the bottom, but other than that, not too much. I tried my best to stay down on one knee and make it hard for him to get that shot, but he eventually did."
Lane and Marks agreed with their coach, Marks' dad Jerry, that they need to work on their strength for the next couple of years.
"I definitely need to hit the weights and get a little bigger," said Lane. "My first loss here, the other kid was a lot stronger than me."
"I think my technique is one of my weak points, but I need some strength too," Marks said. "I've got to work a little harder."
Newman's seventh-place bout with White was kind of a microcosm of his tournament. He wrestled well enough, then had a lapse of concentration in the overtime and was taken down for the loss.
"I guess I just wasn't ready for it," Newman said. "I tried to set up a shot but I wasn't ready. It was a hard match but it wasn't my best."
Newman finished the season 36-10.
"It was an improvement from last year," he said. "I need to train harder and get more intense for next year."